When buying or selling a home, listening to national real estate trends can be downright disheartening. But do those trends really apply to your home town? Sometimes, experts say, they don’t. The best way to know the consequences of selling or buying property is to research how your local housing market is doing. Markets don’t only vary by region—they can also vary between counties, towns, and school districts. Looking at comparable home sales over the previous weeks, months, and years will give you a grasp of just how your market has been effected, and can also provide you with knowledge of where to look.